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Bernard Jerome Kerbawy
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1951
Saginaw County
Michigan, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 2010
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

Bernard Jerome Kerbawy, 58, formerly of Saginaw, died February 27, 2010, in Kansas City, Missouri.  Cancer.  Bernard was born October 8, 1951, in Saginaw, Michigan, to the late Page N. and Ruth M. Kerbawy.  He graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1969. 

He received a Congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from which he graduated in 1973.  He resigned his commission in 1978 with the rank of Captain.

  Bernard was active in Youth Ministry in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington, following the army.  After a fruitful ministry of service, Bernard discerned a way of life consisting of voluntary poverty and voluntary homelessness.  He faithfully followed his vocation as a prayer-warrior, mystic, seer and victim-soul. Declan Duffy, Chief Operations Officer, St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Louis Council, spoke of Bernard: "All I can say is it has been a real privilege to know a true saint. He is a modern day St. Francis. We will continue to pray for him and all the family and it won't be long before Bernard becomes a real advocate for us all when he enters Heaven." 

He has donated his body to medical research.

Bernard is survived by 2 sisters: Loretta (Chuck) Sova and Ellen Suarez; and 5 brothers: Thomas (Sharmella) Kerbawy, Fr. Kevin Kerbawy, Robert (Maria del Carmen) Kerbawy, Colin (Marybeth) Kerbawy and Gregory (Peg) Kerbawy.  Also surviving are 15 nieces and nephews, 5 grandnieces. 

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law, and a nephew. 

Memorials may be  given to St. Louis Connect Care Clinic, St. Vincent de Paul Society-- St. Louis Council, Fr. Dempsey's (House) Charities, or Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care.  A Memorial Mass will be held at  St.Frances Cabrini Church, Littleton CO Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 10:30am along with a Funeral Mass for his mother Ruth Melora Knapp Kerbawy who entered her Eternal Life on November 20,2009 in Littleton CO. 
Family links: 
  Page Nicholas Kerbawy (1915 - 1989)
  Ruth Melore Knapp Kerbawy (1918 - 2009)
Body donated to medical science
Maintained by: Abe Bassett
Originally Created by: Rita & Lee Gordon
Record added: May 06, 2012
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